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Big Event Showcase / Winners of the 2017 Masquerade Cosplay Contest
« on: June 03, 2017, 04:08:09 AM »
Fanime is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Masquerade Cosplay Contest:

Best in Show - Mr. Perfect Cell
Best in Craftsmanship - Scorpion
Best in the Journeyman Division - White light
Best in Craftsmanship, Journeyman Division - Persona Lucia
Best in the Novice Division - Mei Ling Zhou
Best in Craftsmanship, Novice Division - Tornado Of Terror
Best in Craftsmanship, Novice Division - D.VA Meka
Most Original - Bacterial Contamination
Best Dramatic Group - Tsubasa in the World of Cards
Best Dramatic individual - Twilight Princess Sheik
Best Comedic Individual   - Scaramouche, the Merciless
Best Comedic Group - Noctis & Friends Sing-a-long Adventure
Judges Choice,  Novice Division - Vile by Alex Zuma
Judges Choice, Journeyman Division - Bayonette 2
Judges Choice, Open Division - Scorpion
Judges Choice, Craftsmanship - Lauren as Saber
Judges Choice, Craftsmanship - Hanzo Shimada
Honorable Mention for  for Craftsmanship - Kill la Kill
Honorable Mention for Powerful Writing - Maids are better as Dragons
Honorable Mention for Characterization - Worm Squad
Honorable Mention for for Kill Streak - Elements of Wushu

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Big Event Showcase / Fanime Masquerade 2016 winners
« on: May 30, 2016, 01:51:02 AM »

Best Craftsmanship - Novice - Samus Aran - $150.00
Best Craftsmanship - Journeyman - The Moon, the Stars, and Me - $150.00
Best Craftsmanship - Open Division - Monster Hunter - $150.00
Best Craftsmanship - OVERALL - Dreem Team - $300.00

Best in Show - Novice - Brador - $150
Best in Show - Journeyman - 21st Century Koi no Senshija irarenai - $150.00
Best in Show - Open Division - Sakizou’s West Witch  - $150.00

Best in Show  - Takeriya Samurai Mikarin & Hagi -  $800

Judges’ Choice (Presentation) - Gatts -  (aka Righteous Fondue Cosplay)
Judges’ Choice (Craftsmanship) - Midnight Milkyway -

Design Award - The Sensational Muse -

Most Dramatic - SKS - Shio Kapp Tan
Most Original - Magikarp Evolves - Lily Chhan
Best Dance - Howl’s Moving Fairytale - Pants Your Goonies Cosplay
Audience Favorite - EPIC RAP BATTLES OF ANIME!!! - ERBoA

Extravaganza's Director’s Choice Howl’s Fairy Tale Castle - Pants Your Goonies Cosplay
Masquerade Director’s Choice - Black Butler - Josephine Wu

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Big Event Showcase / Undertale in the masquerade
« on: May 05, 2016, 10:18:36 PM »
We have gone back and forth about his and it is my feeling that;  In playing it, its clearly an homage to the game style that came out of Japan in the 80's and 90's.  To me Fanime should be honoring anime, its style, and culture.  We should not get hung up on the geographic location or cultural/racial background of its creators.  With that I am announcing that Undertale is a qualifying source for the masquerade entries

Erik

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Hi all,

For years there has been confusion on what is the masquerade? What is the cosplay spectacular? How is this different from cosplay gatherings?  Why is this different from X conventions costume contest?  Where is it?  What is it about?

So I have decided that a much clearer, normalized name is needed.  This event will be called the 'FanimeCon Masquerade Cosplay Contest' or the Masquerade for short. 

What is the 'FanimeCon Masquerade Cosplay Contest'?
It is a live stage performance and costume contest in which contestants present their best looks and skits to battle for prizes.

What should you expect?
Great theatrical performances, amazing costumes and creative takes on the latests anime, games and timeless classics.  Come and see watch the show.

You want to be in the show?
Here is what you need:
 - Your own cosplay (this means no store bought or commissioned costumes, please.)
 - Music (if you need help, we will help)
 - A vision for what you want to be seen as on stage.  (if you need help, we will help)

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Big Event Showcase / Masquerade Winners for Fanime 2015
« on: May 25, 2015, 04:30:10 PM »
Prizes awards
Best in Original - Mobile Ginn by Enshiro
Best in Novice division - Elderwood Bard by Tetchy Tact
Best in Journeyman division - Crazy by Full X Force
Best in Open division - The Crayton family by The Crayton family
Best Craftsmanship - Fashion Week Senketsu by Hagumis Cosplay
Best in Show - A Miyazaki Medley by Project Victory Cosplay Theatre

Performance (skits):
 - Best Dramatic Performance, group Senbonzakura no Kenshin by Pants Your Goonies Cosplay
 - Best Comedic Performance, group RPG Vs MMO by Princess Squib Cosplay
 - Best Dance Performance, Only my note from the idol master by Angle Hearts

Presentation:
 - Best presentation In the Journeyman division, Princess Jellyfish by Identivity Cosplay
 - Best presentation In the Open division, Final Fantasy 14 Dragoon by Juicy And Wet Cosplay

Judges Awards:
   * Judge choice - In the novice division Beatrice the Golden Witch by Emily Mills
   * Judge choice - In the Open division, Lapras by Meanlilkitty
   * Directors choice - Power Ranger Zords by Diabolic Duck Cosplay

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Big Event Showcase / Fanime Masquerade 2015 feedback form
« on: May 24, 2015, 08:17:11 PM »

Rules:
Please provide honest feedback, provide suggestions on what can be done better for every criticism.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ZcCNd_ztTOVI76nOOA1u7c7TGRrpLQ1SrE5HzYSdytk/viewform?usp=send_form


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We have 50 confirmed contestants

Registration will continue till the Saturday at the convention and we will maintain a waiting list of 15 entries over the 55 slots we have.  If you end up on the waiting list the form will tell you when you sign up.  If we receive more then 70 entries we will close registration entirely.  Once we have our final run list you will get a performance number, this starts with a Letter A or B and indicates which block you will be in, it also shows the order in which you will go on stage and on Sunday its the only number that should matter.  You will get a badge with your number on it and be introduced to your den mom/dad that will be taking care of you for the show.

Midnight Saturday May 16th three new web based forms will go live:
  • Craftsmanship Judging form - This form must be filed out prior to Fanime, to be considered for Craftsmanship awards; This allows the judges to be prepared for entry.
  • Tech Request form - This is a detailed tech request form and contains information on the capabilities of our stage, size to allow you to best utilize the stage for your entry.  Next year there will be online videos showing what these lighting effects look like. 
  • Craftsmanship Judging Appointment Request -  This allows you to optionally request a private review with craftsmanship judges on Saturday.  Appointments can be made from 1:00pm to 3:00pm (if we need additional slots we will extend this time).  This is optional, you can also be judged on site, but it allows for more time and to review your construction while not wearing it.

Next communications:

In the next few days you will receive the following:
  • Your entry number - This will have an 'A' or 'B' followed by a number and will indicate the order your entry will go on stage.  If you have any special requests on where you would like your entry to appear, please contact me. Come Sunday of Fanime, this is the only number you will care about.
  • Practice Room Request form - This form will allow you to book practice room space from the following times (Note: this is the Blossom Hill ballroom, not the civic stage)
  •        - Friday 1:00pm  to 8:00pm, .
  •        - Saturday 10:00am to 12:00 and 5:00pm to 10:00pm.
  • Extra Stage Rehearsal Request form - This form will allow you to request pre-rehearsal time on the civic stage.  These run from 9:30am to 12:00 noon and there are only 20 slots. Mandatory dress rehearsals begin promptly afterward. So you will walk the stage once before your performance.
  • MC appointment requests - Our distinguished Master of Ceremonies Tadao Tomomatsu may contact you to make an appointment to go over specific pronunciations and if you are using a script, details on tone, timing and the like.  This is at this discretion, however he will speak to each of you the day of the masquerade.
  • Reminders - If we have not received your Music, releases or other forms, we will reach out and check in with you.
Thank you all,

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Big Event Showcase / Masquerade progress report May 10
« on: May 11, 2015, 11:56:50 PM »
Hi all,

We have 44 confirmed contestants after some change. This means we have 11 spots open. 

Craftsmanship judging forms will be going out on Wednesday May 13th

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Registration will continue till the Saturday at the convention and we will maintain a waiting list of 15 entries over the 55 slots we have.  If you end up on the waiting list the form will tell you when you sign up.  If we receive more then 70 entries we will close registration entirely.  Once we have our final run list you will get a performance number, this starts with a Letter A or B and indicates which block you will be in, it also shows the order in which you will go on stage and on Sunday its the only number that should matter.  You will get a badge with your number on it and be introduced to your den mom/dad that will be taking care of you for the show.

If you are having trouble with music, lights and tech or other parts of your performance we can help.  Please email us any queries questions and we will help or advise you as best we can.

Reminders:
a member of your team must appear in person at the masquerade table(located on the main level of the convention center next to gatherings)  prior to Sunday and sign in.

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Big Event Showcase / Anime theme rule
« on: May 03, 2015, 03:24:57 PM »
To address a few posts:

I will try to be transparent as possible around the logic I am using and how it plays out.  I would like to move this to a different thread though. 

Background :

The rules currently stand at:
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6.   All entries must be based on the following requirements:
       •   Asian film, such as characters from 13 Assassins (Japan) or The Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate (China),  47 Ronin
       •   Asian animation, such as the Japanese animation Naruto, the Korean animation Wonderful Days, Asian inspired anime like Big Hero 6.
       •   Asian comics, such as the Japanese Fairy Tail, Korean Breaker, or Chinese Story of the Tao, or
       •   Asian-origin video game, such as Final Fantasy or Ragnarok Online, or Street fighter
       •   Asian music stars (such as Girls’ Generation). 
       •   Asian-inspired sources; including your own inspiration, such as an Avatar.
       •   The rule of thumb is: if the series and/or character originated anywhere else than the Pacific, it doesn’t qualify. If you aren’t sure, ask cosplay@fanime.com



KuriQueenofFeels

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I'm also concerned about the "grey area" of the masquerade. I have a few video game characters, 2/3 are of Asian descent, the other is american. But since they're altogether in one skit, I think It'll be fine. Any Thoughts?

The race of the characters is less of a concern as the origin or feel of the work.  Aforementioned Full Metal Alchemist as an example. in recent years most anime comming out of Japan and Korea seems to have predominantly american looking characters, but are clearly works created from or to these markets. 

A good grey area is Big hero 6, it is a american franchise, based off (in very small part) a Marvel property, but its a clearly Asia themed source.  My view is I would include it, its not a avengers / Star Trek or Matrix with an undertone of a western prospective and style, its a, often comically, styled anime motion picture. 

Ok, so I wasn't going to bring this issue up, considering it actually would make me and my friend disqualified, but. When the heck has the Asian only media rule ever actually been put into place? I know for a fact over the years there has been non asian inspired cosplays entered in the masquerade, and they have won major awards at that. I could understand it as a 'preference' to have asian only, but having it restricted to only that does seem a little crazy with how the actual convention seems to go with cosplays/ media and such.

I think the clear understanding is that if a cosplay is an exception to a rule it needs to be discussed and approved. Perhaps I should be more clear on this, but in general folks ask.  I am limited to what I can talk about this year, because I just ethically can't talk about someones cosplay before they have a chance to show it, however one of them is from a clear US game property that had a very much Asia themed elements and even a clear desire to embrace it.  Ensuring this is clear in the presentation is enough for me to quality the performance. Examples of other rules which exceptions are made for: Time limits, music requirements, and number of people on the stage.

A ten plus years ago there was no question if you brought a cosplay to an anime convention it was 99% likely related to an anime theme.  However as the rise in popularity of cosplay and conventions in general has grown the blending and in some cases the over saturation of general or popular media has caused people to want to push back and preserve more of the anime feel.

On the flip side I understand where you are coming from, the vast majority of my cosplays are not anime focused because frankly there are very few stocky white guy characters in the current crop of titles. I also complete at ComicCons, Dr who conventions and the like, so I see first hand some of the amazing cosplays out there that don't qualify.


Enkai


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It doesn't have to be planned before Fanime, though it could be, but I dunno, something like how it was before.  When we checked in on Friday or Saturday, we said what our preference was as to when we wanted to perform (my group at the time usually liked to be between groups 5-12 or so), and preference was given to whoever checked in first.  While that order might get shifted in rehearsal when discoveries were made about how costumes/routines interacted in the schedule (I remember a Black Lady cosplay moving her skit when she discovered she was preceded by another Black Lady cosplay at rehearsal), those were the exceptions not the rule.

I don't see any issue with your preference and how we are planning on scheduling the run book.  There are tweaks I do make to balance out long running skits, to many back to back tends to make them forgettable and also the audience impatient.  You already brought up the duplicate franchise issue, but there is also how much room to stage a large group.  Its much more efficient to not have 4 8 person groups back to back.  So some discretion is used, but it in no way means that compromises can not be made.

Lets continue

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Big Event Showcase / Masquerade progress report May 1
« on: May 03, 2015, 02:32:42 PM »
Hi all,

I know that we have been having some gaps in communication so I wanted to address then here and in emails to each contestant.

We have 41 confirmed contestants and Three more I am working with to clear some hurdles around the Asia content rules. 

Your groups primary contact should now have a DropBox invitation in their inbox for uploading the files.   You can make changes to your entry all the way up to Saturday night.  please email me the changes when you have them finalized. 

Registration will continue till the Saturday at the convention and we will maintain a waiting list of 15 entries over the 55 slots we have.  If you end up on the waiting list the form will tell you when you sign up.  If we receive more then 70 entries we will close registration entirely.  Once we have our final run list you will get a performance number, this starts with a Letter A or B and indicates which block you will be in, it also shows the order in which you will go on stage and on Sunday its the only number that should matter.  You will get a badge with your number on it and be introduced to your den mom/dad that will be taking care of you for the show.

If you are having trouble with music, lights and tech or other parts of your performance we can help.  Please email us any queries questions and we will help or advise you as best we can.||

Reminders:
a member of your team must appear in person at the masquerade table(located on the main level of the convention center next to gatherings)  prior to Sunday and sign in.

One last note:
Please do not file more then one request.  a few nervous folks filed many and it just takes considerably  longer for me to sort through.

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I am sitting with the web team on this, but to get things started here is a direct link to the form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DapZN_5DFoeTPdeYUb2a6owrrdo5pXMc7-HnRwR0V_g/viewform?usp=send_form

Please review the rules that have already been posted and I will field question on the forum or you can contact me via email at Cosplay@fanime.com, Skype erikpassmark or Facebook
.

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Fanime Cosplay Fashion Folio 2016

This is a contest where both design artists and cosplay artists complete to design, build and present original, reimagined or reinterpretations designs.  The contest is done in two parts; the design artist will produce garment design of garments and characters.  These designs will then be judged by a panel of professional artists and the winner’s announced on December 1st.

The winning designs will be posted to the Fanime web site and then opened for cosplay artists or the artists themselves to bid to produce the designs in garment form and complete for craftsmanship, vision and presentation awards at the Fashion Folio show during FanimeCon.  These cosplays will be judged at the Fashion Folio show, where the artist, their design will be presented and the cosplayer will walk off the page, onto the stage, and present the design come to life.

Competition categories
These categories are intended to inspire but not limit the designs we receive. It is optional to choose a category.
       -   Open – Only limited by your imagination
       -   This year’s theme – designs, which best embody the theme of Fanime this year.
       -   Aliens and creatures
       -   Heroines and heroes
       -   Prop (this can be any item that a person would carry in the universe the design artist invents)
       -   Group– this is a two-outfit, or more, design in which compliment or contrast each other.
       -   Armor or mech – this can be any scaled design depicting either armor or mechanical (armor if defined as a hard exterior covering intended for defensive use and is not limited to any material or metal)

Contest rules
      1.   Famine requires all contestants to agree to mediation of any disputes
      2.   All cosplays must follow the same rules << link>> a
      3.   You must be 18 or have a signed authorization of your guardian
      4.   All identities must be kept confidential until released by Fanime.  Artist should not post names of their winning cosplay artists

Classifications
We divide artists of both groups by 4 categories:
       -   Novice - this is your first design competition an you have not won major recognition in design, graphical or cosplay competition.
 
       -   Journeyman – You have worked in the design or graphical artist field, but do not currently employed to produce character designs, or won awards for your designs or cosplays, but have not won a top awards

       -   Open – If you have won several or top awards in design or cosplay at national or international competitions, but you do not do so as your primary profession.

       -   Professional – You are an established name or brand and you receive an income from your work.  If you produce commissions or are played to cosplay characters by companies. This class limits the award to those for the professional series.


Submitting a bid for a winning design process:
You must register with Fanime which will include information about your prior creations, awards, and any helpful details.<<form>>  Once registered you will then be able to bid on winning designs.  Your bid will include an introduction, proposal of the materials and techniques you plan to use. Question you have about the design that would help both construction and show passion about the design. 

The Fashion Folio staff will manager communication until the bid has been awarded; after that time communication will become direct between the three parties.

Any design bid not awarded by March 1st will be considered open and Fanime Folio staff will award the bid.

Design Artists Rules:
      1.   Your design must be an original, reimagined or reinterpretation
      2.   All designs must cover enough of the body to pass the convention cosplay rules.
      3.   It must be reasonably human scaled and constructible.  If your design requires a person be 11 feet tall and can not be scaled down then it will not qualify
      4.   You must include both black and white and color designs showing both front and back details as well as face and hand details.  Standard doll farms will be provided, you may opt to use your own, but it must show all views.
      5.   Couple and group designs are welcome, each design will be individually judged and judged as a group together.  Winning group designs can be awarding to multiple bidders as long as a good faith effort is made to work together.
      6.   Artists must make a good faith effort to review all bids and award them fairly, however awarding the bid is at the discretion of the artist unless the artist does not respond to the Folio manager.
      7.   Cosplay artists are required to give proper attribution of both themselves and the artist for their work
      8.   Artists are allowed to produce cosplay outfit for one of their own designs or up to three if they are using models.

Cosplay Artist Rules:
      1.   Cosplay artist are allowed to bid on a maximum of three winning designs and can only hold the winning bid of one.
      2.   Cosplay artists are allowed to use models to wear and present the garments at their discretion.
      3.   Cosplay artist are required to post progress reports to the artists in a timely and regular manor. Failure to do so may result in the design being awarded to another cosplay artist
      4.   Cosplay artist are required to be a member of Fanime
      5.   Cosplay artists are allowed to use models to present the garments; presentation awards will be split between the cosplay artist and the model.
      6.   Cosplay artists are required to give proper attribution of both themselves and the artist for their work.
      7.   Cosplayers are not allowed to resell elements, reproduction or patterns of the design without written agreement of the Design artist and proper attribution.
   
Model Rules
      1.   All models must be members of the Fanime convention
      2.   Use of a model must be clearly identified with the bid
      3.   Models are required to sign a release form
      4.   Models are bound by the same confidentiality agreements are design or cosplay artists.
      5.   Models are not allowed to resell elements, reproduction or patterns of the design without written agreement of the design artist and proper attribution.
6.   Models and the Cosplay artist are required to attend the Fashion Folio show

Judging:
Top artists selected by Fanime staff will do all design judging.  The judge’s identities will be reveled after the winners are announced.

Cosplay judging will be done at the Fashion Folio show and awarded at the end. Top cosplay artists will judge craftsmanship, vision and presentation and award winners in their field.

Copyright:
Copyright artists will retain their rights to their work; Fanime only requires the right of use.  <<link to legal >>

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Big Event Showcase / Cosplay Masquerade 2015 Competition Rules
« on: March 23, 2015, 05:52:43 PM »
This is a repost from the website. Please forgive the formatting and unpublished information.

Fanime Masquerade, Cosplay Spectacular 2015

Each year Fanime holds a cosplay contest on the San Jose civic stage, featuring astounding cosplays, performances and dance featuring anime from the newest releases to old favorites and original designs.

All contestants must do the following:
1.   Be an attending member of Fanime.
2.   Check-in to the Masquerade Registration Desk located in the main convention hall first floor (look for the signs)
3.   Fill out the following before check-in:
       •   Masquerade entry form <<LINK>>
       •   Release & Waiver form  <<Link>>
4.   Be 18 years or older or have the permission form signed by a Parent or legal guardian.
5.   Read and understand the competition rules

Once registered, you will be sent your entry number.  If we receive more then 55 entries you will be placed on the waiting list and will advance up if other contestants drop out.  If you advance, the primary contact and all listed contacts in the registration form will be notified.

The Masquerade will e-mail the primary contact for your group on a regular basis with important updates.   If you need to change your registration information or drop out from the competition please email Cosplay@fanime.com with your changes and modifications.

If you have any question do not hesitate to ask Cosplay@fanime.com

Divisions:

There are two categories of awards that are judged separately --- Craftsmanship and Performance. You or your group can possibly win awards from both categories. We divide our competition into three divisions: Open, Journeyman, and Novice.

•   Open Division:
       o   Any competitor may enter in the Open Division.

•   Journeyman Division:
       o   Professional costumers cannot enter the Journeyman Division.
       o   If you have won a Best-in-Show major regional, national or international competition you cannot enter in the Journeyman Division.
If you have won any award in the Open or Master Division at any other major convention, you cannot enter in the Journeyman Division.

•   Novice Division:
       o   Professional costumers cannot enter the Novice Division.
       o   If you have won any award at a major regional, national or international competition, you cannot enter in the Novice Division.
       o   If you have won more than 3 awards at prior FanimeCon Masquerade or other regional conventions you cannot enter in the Novice Division.


Award categories

- Best in Show $600
- Best in the Open division $100
- Best in the journeyman division $100
- Best in the Novice division $100
- Most Original $100

Performance (skits):
 - Best Dramatic Performance, group
 - Best Dramatic Performance, individual
 - Best Comedic Performance, group
 - Best Comedic Performance, individual
 - Best Dance Performance

Presentation:
 - Best presentation
 - Best interpretation, reimagining

Craftsmanship:
 - Best Original Craftsmanship $200
 - Best Craftsmanship, Novice division $
 - Best Craftsmanship, Journeyman division $
 - Best Craftsmanship, Open division $

* judges will award individually recognition awards at their discretion


Judges:
Presentation:

Wind of the Stars - <<Link to bio>>

Lindsey Tillman: <<Link to bio>>

Craftsmanship:
---<<Link to bio>>

--- <<Link to bio>>

Corporate awards:
   TBA
   TBA

Our Master of Ceremonies  - Tadeo Tomomatsu <<link to bio>>

Schedule
-   ONLINE REGISTRATION: up to May 22th, 2015.
-   IN-PERSON REGISTRATION: May 22nd at 4:00pm – Saturday May 23th 2015 @ 6pm
-   PROPS:
       o   Drop offs: Noon May 23rd
       o   All props must be picked up before 10pm or they will be moved to the Masquerade room in the Marriott.
-   Masquerade work room located in << location>> :
-   REHEARSAL TIMES:
       o   Rehearsals start 9am May 24th Sunday at the San Jose Civic Auditorium
       o   Rehearsal space is available by request in ballrooms from Friday to Sunday.
-   CURTAIN OPENING: 4:00 pm sharp Sunday May 24th San Jose Civic Auditorium
-   Opening announcements
-   Karaoke winners star performance
-   First half– entries 1 - 25
-   Intermission: 15 minute break to get up, stretch your legs and get ready for the second half.
-   Second half – entries 26 - 55
-   Exposition performance << Link to group Bio>>
-   Extravaganzas game show
-   AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT: ~6:30

Competition rules
All contestants must adhere to the Performance Rules as detailed below:

1.   Check-in at the Convention Masquerade Desk  located on the 2nd floor of the convention center near Cosplay gatherings or in the Marriott hotel’s Blossom Hill III room, located on the third floor on Friday or Saturday to get your official Backstage Pass and turn in your music. Otherwise, you will be dropped from the Masquerade.
2.   MAXIMUM stage time:
       a.   Maximum performances time is 2 minutes 30 seconds. You must get permission from the Masquerade Director if you need to have more time
       b.   Display Entries (walk-ons) time is 90 seconds.
3.   Number of Contestants.
       a.   Up to 12 contestants are allowed to appear on stage. You must get permission from the Masquerade Director if you need to have more people
       b.   All members of a performance must be present at the pre-Masquerade meeting on May 24th @ 12noon.
       c.   Each person can only participate in one performance. You cannot appear in multiple performances unless cleared in advanced by the Masquerade Director
4.   Any costume purchased or rented from a costume shop, designer direct, eBay, Yahoo Auction, Yahoo Japan Auctions, Cospa, or any other costuming store, online resource, or any costume made for you by a designer or seamstress is prohibited from entering the Masquerade.
5.   Cosplays from previous FanimeCon conventions will automatically be consider non-competition
6.   All entries must be based on the following requirements:
       •   Asian film, such as characters from 13 Assassins (Japan) or The Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate (China),  47 Ronin
       •   Asian animation, such as the Japanese animation Naruto, the Korean animation Wonderful Days, Asian inspired anime like Big Hero 6.
       •   Asian comics, such as the Japanese Fairy Tail, Korean Breaker, or Chinese Story of the Tao, or
       •   Asian-origin video game, such as Final Fantasy or Ragnarok Online, or Street fighter
       •   Asian music stars (such as Girls’ Generation). 
       •   Asian-inspired sources; including your own inspiration, such as an Avatar.
       •   The rule of thumb is: if the series and/or character originated anywhere else than the Pacific, it doesn’t qualify. If you aren’t sure, ask cosplay@fanime.com
7.   All performance rules must be followed Make sure you read and understand our performance rules for the Masquerade << link to performance rules>>
8.   AUDIO/VIDEO REQUIREMENTS: All entries must provide an audio clip or a movie clip (with embedded music / dialog) or we will provide it for you.  There will be a sound technician on call to assist you.
9.   WEAPONS: Make sure you read and understand our Weapons Policy for the Masquerade (see below).
10.   PROPS: Make sure to read and understand the Props Policy (see below).

Ninjas
We have a set staff of ninjas to help contestants; their primary function is the safety and smooth performance of the show.  If you need to use ninjas as part of your performance to hold props or be part of the act you are required to inform the Masquerade director ahead of time at Cosplay@fanime.com or bring your own.  We highly encourage you to bring your own ninjas in these cases.

Weapons Policy
The Masquerade allows some Display Weapons, which are not allowed to be carried in the halls at FanimeCon. You must follow these steps for these items to be acceptable:

1.   You must check the box on the registration form for “Requires Weapon Master review.”
2.   You must pass inspection from the Masquerade weapons master, including chorography, and make any changes required by them.
3.   For safety reasons, all edges must be blunted or protected.
4.   Weapon must be transported to the Masquerade Event either boxed or covered.

Props
1.   All large props (including scenery, backgrounds, etc.) must be:
      a.   Easy to assemble and disassemble. You have 30 seconds (each) to get the props on and off the stage.
      b.   Brought to rehearsal and stored on-site for the competition.
      c.   Described in detail on your registration forms
      d.   Immediately disassembled after your performance, so it does not take up space backstage.
2.   Picked up after the competition or it will be moved to Masquerade room in the Marriott Blossom Hill Ballroom

If you are concerned about being able to meet these rules please contact Cosplay@fanime.com for special arrangements to be made.


Music
1.   All music must be provided in advance (online or during in-person registration) and confirmed by close of registration, or you will not be allowed to participate.
2.   DIALOGUE / MUSIC LENGTH:  You can MAXIMUM 2 minutes and 30 seconds for your dialogue or music.
3.   We accept mp3,
4.   Provide two separate copies of your audio in case of damage.

Video
1.   If you choose to show a video during your skit, it will serve as a replacement for your music track. Your video must play for the entire skit, or fade to black or a logo for the rest of your skit. There must be music for the entire skit.
2.   VIDEO DUE DATE: Two copies of your video must be provided in advance.
3.   REQUIRED REHEARSAL ATTENDANCE: You must attend the Masquerade Rehearsal if you choose to use video for your skit. If you do not show up for the rehearsal, we will not play your video and will default to the audio-only version.
4.   Video featuring real people is only allowed if they are participating members of your performance or they have signed the waver and release.
5.   VIDEO LENGTH: Videos must be no longer 2 minutes and 30 seconds
6.   VIDEO FORMAT:
      a.   The screens in the Civic are 16:9 HD format.
      b.   We will accept entries recorded on CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW.

<<this is a separate page titled judging>>

Judging:
Our panel of judges is empowered to make independent decisions on the awarding or prizes and recognition and is selected from the cosplay community to judge cosplayers.  Each has their own unique skill and background and work collectively to determine awards.

<<link to judges bio>>

Judging rules:
•   All Display Entries (walk-ons) must be judged for Craftsmanship
•   Performance groups can choose to be judged (optional).
•   All submissions for craftsmanship judging must submit a Craftsmanship Judging Form. <<link to craftsmanship judging form>>
•   Judges have the option of not awarding a category award because of insufficient competition.  If there is only one dance performance then how can it be judged? 
•   Awards can be retracted if competitors are found to knowingly violate the competition rules by making false claims or deliberately not attributing the maker.
Make sure you read and understand the judging rules (see below).


Craftsmanship judging rules:
1.   PARTISIPATION: All Craftsmanship judging participants must also be approved entries for Masquerade and must participate (with a presentation or a walk-on) in Masquerade
2.   ELIGIBILITY: All Costumes are eligible for Craftsmanship Judging but mandatory for Display Entries. 
3.   REQUIRED FORMS:  You must fill out a Craftsmanship Judging Form
4.   JUDGING TIMES:  If you registered for Craftsmanship judging, you need to:
       a.   Present your costume(s) for judging prior to the start of the Masquerade at the designated time assigned to you.
       b.   There will only be limited craftsmanship judging at the event.
       c.   Every contestant needs to be prepared to answer the judges’ questions about his/her role in the construction of their costume
5.   GROUP CONSTRUCTION:
      a.   If the entire group designed and constructed the costumes together and if you wish to win a group craftsmanship award, you must be judged as a group and all members of the group must be judged at the same time
      b.   If only one person in your group made all of the costumes, only that person is eligible for an award. He or she must be a participating costumed member of your group.
6.   INDIVIDUAL CONSTRUCTION:
      a.   An individual (or a member of a group being judged as an individual) must have designed or constructed his/her own costume by himself/herself to win an Individual Craftsmanship Award.
      b.   An individual that designed and created all of the costumes for a group is eligible for an individual Craftsmanship award. He or she must be a participating costumed member of the group.
7.   DOCUMENTATION:  The Craftsmanship Judges recommend that each competitor bring the following:
       a.   At least one color picture, preferably two, of each character the costume entry represents.
       b.   Source Documentation on the character
       c.   The judges also appreciate craftsmanship documentation (also known as costume construction diaries)
For additional information, see the Craftsmanship Judging Form.

<<this is a separate page titled performance rules>>

Performance Rules
You must adhere to the following performance rules:

1.   Don’t wear or use any substances that might ruin the costume of another contestant. If you are wearing body paint or make-up, make sure it will not come off in casual contact with others.
2.   Do not leave anything on the stage that cannot be picked up by the stage ninjas in a few seconds.
3.   Costumes must be self-contained. Connections to electrical sockets will not be available.
4.   Nothing is allowed that would be banned in a “PG-13”-rated film. Actions, dress, or mannerisms that would not be allowed on a public street or thoroughfare must be avoided. Specifically, the following must be avoided: explicit sexual gestures, nudity, and explicit swearing. Violating these rules will disqualify you and possibly result in your being escorted off the stage.
5.   No fire, flash powder, high power lasers, explosives or open flame of any kind will be allowed.
a.   Electronic flashes will be permitted provided that you notify the Masquerade Director in advance, and it must be announced in your MC introduction to protect those who might be affected by the flashing lights.
6.   No stage interaction with the MC, judges or audience is allowed. 
7.   The MC will read the name of the entry, the names of the contestants, and a short introduction.
8.   Any narration to be read by the MC will be limited to 35 words or less and a read must be done prior to the start of the performance
9.   There are only two acceptable exits – Stage Left and Stage Right.
a.   Jumping off the stage is not permitted,
b.   You cannot enter or exit the stage from any area that has not been approved by the head of Masquerade or the backstage director.


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Big Event Showcase / Cosplay Masquerade 2015 Line Rules
« on: March 23, 2015, 04:42:31 PM »
This is a report of the website, please forgive the formatting.

Line
This year we will be using a fast pass line system.  This change is to prevent people from sitting outside in line for long hours in the San Jose hot weather.  Our goal is to only require that patrons stand in line a maximum of 15 minutes prior to being seated and to allow you to have more time to enjoy FanimeCon.

Stickers will be placed on your badge at the front entrance to the San Jose Civic auditorium; the color will indicate the order in which your block will be brought into the civic auditorium.  Please come by the front of the civic << see map>> between 8am and 3:30 Sunday to get a colored sticker on your badge.

Those with physical disabilities are welcome to come to the civic as early as 3:15 and come directly into the air-conditioned lobby.  You and one companion will be seated before the line blocks.

Line Rules:
1.   You must be present with your own badge to get a sticker at the entrance to the civic where a staff member will stamp your hand and put the current sticker on your badge.
2.   Stickers are first come, first serve when the first block stickers runs out then the we will move to the next color.
3.   No reserving of seats until the last line block has been loaded and you have been told to make yourself comfortable. 
4.   At 3:45 block lines will form up under the color of the sticker you have on your badge
5.   Transferring stickers to other attendees will invalidate your place in line.  Hand stamps and stickers must match.  We recommend you come with your friends to get your stickers
6.   After all line blocks are loaded the door open to any other attendees.


Audience rules:
1.   Photography and video is allowed – but only as long as it does not interfere with others enjoyment of the show.  If you stand up, hold your camera up at arms length above your head or have your screen to bright, the ushers will warn you. 
2.   No flash photography. Period.  It is not only unenjoyably for those around you but is a safety hazard for people on stage. 
3.   No reserving of seats until the last line block has been loaded and you have been told to make yourself comfortable. 
4.   Be respectful of the MC, a little bit of fun is one thing. But if you start being part of the show, we will ask you to leave.

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Panels and Workshops / mens tailoring workshop
« on: March 18, 2015, 02:05:37 PM »
Would people be interested in a class to go over key construction techniques for mens suit of uniform construction.  This would go from fabrics, under structure, interfacing and stitching to pressing, arm synth, collar and lapel attachment.  It would take about two hours or have to be broken up to a multi block panels.

What do you think?

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Big Event Showcase / Proposal: Historical or recreation competition
« on: March 18, 2015, 12:38:36 PM »
Proposal: Historical or recreation competition

I've been toying with this idea for a while and a resent post prompted me to bring it up. This competition would be heavily skewed to craftsmanship and the details of a costumes construction.  This would be roughly split between media (modern sources) and historical (based on historical documentation and accounts before 1940).  All of this must be from asia or asia inspired sources.

The competition would require dress diaries/ tailor journals of the construction details and supported documentation. The room itself would have a low riser and runway platform that would allow the audience to admire the garments up close and the wearer would be able to have up to 3 minutes to display with lengthly narration from the MC or a recorded narration.

We would use the same Open, Journeyman, Novice, Professional devisions.

To be clear, this is not for displaying vintage (actual garments from that era) garments.  You may use vintage accessories, but they will not be part of the judging of your entry.

WHat are your thought?

1) would you be tempted into competing?

2) would you want to attend and see the competition?

3) Do you think this is a welcome addition to Fanime?

4) ideas, thoughts, concerns?

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Masquerade ninja application becomes available June 15th

We need a core group of 10 stage ninjas for the Masquerade and other related events. 

Basic requirements:
 - You must be able to move quickly and quietly, on stage
 - You must be able to lift 25 pounds without injuring yourself or contestants
 - To commit to working the core masquerade hours 9am to 9pm maximum on Sunday
 - Take direction and assist performances

What you get:
- An official masquerade stage ninja gi, with embroidered black on black back logo.
 - An easy way to get all your volunteer hours
 - Love an admiration of cosplayers
 - Food, sweets and drinks
 - strike terror in the eyes of your dreaded enemy... stage glitter.

I will update when the form is live

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These are just proposals, but I want your feedback.  Does this motivate you to compete? Is there enough top honors for skits?  Am I missing anyone?

Top Prizes
- Best in Show
- Performance  / Craftsmanship
[/s] withdrawn, makes sense to expect the best in show to have it all

Performance (skits):
 - Best Dramatic Performance, group
 - Best Dramatic Performance, individual
 - Best Comedic Performance, group
 - Best Comedic Performance, individual
 - Best Dance Performance, group
 
Judges can award based on merits of the acts

Presentation:
 - Best presentation
 - Best interpretation, reimagining

Judges can award based on merits of the acts

Craftsmanship:
 - Best Original Craftsmanship
 - Best Craftsmanship, Novice Class
 - Best Craftsmanship, Journeyman Class
 - Best Craftsmanship, Open Class

 - Judges can award based on merits of the acts

Directors Choice -  awarded to whom ever the crew feels deserves recognition.

--Change Log:
---Added Directors Choice (5/28)
---Added Dance prize (5/29)
---Changed Best in show to one award, versus two for presentation and craftsmanship. (5/30)

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Rules:
Please provide honest feedback, provide suggestions on what can be done better for every criticism.

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Big Event Showcase / Masquerade Winners for FanimeCon 2014
« on: May 25, 2014, 09:21:47 PM »
Prizes awards
Best in Original - Sailor Moon Burlesque by Princess Squib Cosplay & The Burlesque Royalty
Best in Novice Class - Let it Go by CSGW Cosplay
Best in Journeyman Class - Satski of Kill La Kill by Veronica Luna
Best in Open Class - Priestess Rao by Ashley Montgomery
Best Craftsmanship - Azure Flame Kite by Paul Esquer
Best in Show - Maji Love 2000% Thrusting  by Sweatish

Judges Awards:
   * Judge Lauren - Claymore by Lisa Macdonald
   * Judge Wayne - Taming the Beast by Con Amigos
   * Judge Lindsay Tallman - Harley by Camille Elladan cosplay
   * Judge Katie - Accelrator from Level 6 Shift by Yuuhabin Cosplay

Industry Winners:
Epic Cosplay:
   * Yasuo the Unforgiven by Heinrich Stohner
   * Fashion Fight by Miku Hall, KoKo
   * Sailor Moon Burlesque by Princess Squib Cosplay & The Burlesque Royalty

Twindom:
   * Yasuo the Unforgiven by Heinrich Stohner
   * Satsuki of Kill la Kill by Veronica Luna
   * Harley by Camille Elladan cosplay

Youth Awards:
Best Youth Performance - Young NAtsu & Erza by BroSis Cosplay
Best Youth Craftsmanship - Alice by Alexandra Altschuler
Fan Favorite - Epic Rap Battles of Anime by OtakuFTW


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